CLS Teachers' Workshop
August 12-14, 2020

Meet a Scientist - Learn the Research - Participate in an Experiment - Connect to Curriculum

Connect classroom science with scientific research! This workshop is an opportunity for science educators to learn more about current Canadian scientific research with hands-on activities at one of Canada’s biggest research facilities. Each year we open our doors to the nation’s science teachers, providing them the unique opportunity to:

  • Participate in synchrotron experiments
  • Learn about novel research in many disciplines
  • Network with scientists who share their experiences and enthusiasm for science
  • Explore the entire facility
  • Make connections to science curriculum

CLS provides an exciting, real-life context for many of the outcomes expected in the science classroom.

The Teachers’ Workshop also provides the necessary training for your students to be able to participate in the award winning Students on the Beamlines program.

Date: August 12-14, 2020 (3 Day Workshop)
Location: Canadian Light Source, Saskatoon, SK
Cost: $250.00 + GST
Fee supports activities, lunches, evening social, and teaching resource package.         
Funding: Limited travel funding available

     2020 AGENDA TBD 

2019 Featured Speakers

Andrea Regier
Science teacher at Bishop James Mahoney (BJM) High School and winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence



Karen Tanino
(far right)
Professor in Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture & Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan


Previous Years

2019 Agenda 2018 Agenda 2017 Agenda 2016 Agenda 2015 Agenda

Click HERE for more photos from our 2019 Teachers' Workshop!

Examples of Practical Hands-On Sessions:
  • IDEAS in Action - Investigate chemical differences in samples collected by participants
  • Crystals and Diffraction: Biology - Prep the sample and view the structure of a protein crystal from synchrotron data
  • Anatomy of a Beamline: Light and Optics - Look deeper as how a beamline works
  • Cryogenics Systems Essential for Synchrotrons - Explore the cooling system needed to run a Synchrotron
  • Enabling Student Research: How to Put Your Students in Charge of THEIR Research



Examples of Topics Typically Covered:
  • How exactly does this state-of-the art machine produce its brilliant light? 
  • The Grand Tour - See this magnificent facility up-close and personal! 
  • The basis of synchrotron research techniques
  • Discover how some synchrotron research techniques contribute to nanotechnology and the development of cutting-edge materials
  • Learn about the possibilities being explored in health sciences
  • Understand the imaging and therapy capabilities of synchrotron facilities for biological tissues
  • Learn how synchrotron techniques can impact environmental chemistry research
  • Students on the Beamlines: How does it work? Look at the perspective of the teacher and students that have participate


We Can Come To You!

There are many ways that the Canadian Light Source can support your professional development opportunities for educators. Contact us and we will work with you to bring a session to your professional development, conference or convention. As resources permit, the session may be in person or by remote presentation.

Some ideas of what we can do for you:

  • A presentation explaining what a synchrotron is and how it works
  • An overview of educational opportunities available at the CLS for students and/or teachers
  • What students are capable of: Students on the Beamlines project case studies
  • Doing “real” science: How authentic scientific inquiry has been successful with high school students
  • Presentation of research of particular interest to teachers
  • Workshop drawing connections between your curriculum and synchrotron light production and/or synchrotron research

There are many ways that the science curriculum and CLS research/technology can be connected. We can plan something that will fit with your event.


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